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07-16-2013, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Goldthorpe View Post
As usual, some people are getting too emotional about a question like that when the problem will solve itself.

Gionta is on the last year of his contract, and although he's the captain and a good vet to have around, I just don't see us signing him again when we have Briere who is going to fill the same role for the next two years for less money. So he's going to be the first to go, maybe even at the trade deadline if we suck next season. I see him signing for cheap in NJ to finish his career here with his bro.

Briere is going to be on the same boat the next year.

As for Desharnais, he is going to be traded with the emergence of Gally (and the fact that Briere can play C), maybe as soon as this summer, maybe later. MB may very well wait for him to be on a tear. Size or not, productive offensive center have value and at 3.5M he remains quite moveable with a cap that is only going up in the next year.

The habs midget problem is so overblown. None of these three players would be considered part of our core by most posters, two of them are bound to be let go naturally/traded at the deadline in the next year or so, and while Desharnais contract is a bit longer, it's not like we have to rely on him with Plekanec-Eller-Gally more than able to be an acceptable center line if the right deal come up and we want to trade him on a whim. Such a non-issue. Our current situation is nothing like when we traded/signed Gomez-Gionta-Cammalleri, three smallish players, to long contract where they became our de-facto core.

Briere hasn't been good in the middle for awhile now. Can't win draws and his defense ain't so good. Also, he's small. Rather have Eller in the middle. Briere should be allowed to create and score from right wing.

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